Le Plan des Moines Les Charretons Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
Three old mates with six decades of experience between them, got together to create a fresher, more vibrant style of Rhône wines. Wine merchant Daniel Orsolini, sommelier Thierry Pommet, and winemaker Claude Serra, have crafted a series of remarkable, organic, low-intervention wines with fruit sourced from the Rhône Valley’s diverse terroirs. Wines that take you down unexpected avenues and will prompt you to re-evaluate this endlessly fascinating and historic region.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds are the most prestigious wines in the southern Rhône valley, which wouldn't really mean anything in and of itself if the wines couldn't back it up. And like some other blue-chip appellations, some Châteuneuf-du-Pape wines just can't. Rest assured we wouldn't stick one of those in front of you though. These gents' effort comes from the Charretons vineyard (see photo) with its traditional galets (big pebbles that reflect the hot sun). Naturally fermented in concrete tank for the Grenache, then big, old French oak barrels for the rest. It's a fresh, broadly aromatic style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the typically gamey, smoky, spicy flavours accompanied by fresh red fruits like cherry and raspberry. So, so gorgeously suppable, a real revelation.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Rhône | FRANCE
Grenache 70% | Mourvèdre 20% | Syrah 10%